If you want to reap confidence and success, you’ll need to approach everyday choices like you’re planting and cultivating a garden.
But when you don’t know what to plant, it’s easy to spend your life haphazardly scattering seeds, waiting to see which ones grow.
What if you could take a purposeful approach to planning, planting, and cultivating your life’s garden?
Discover how to reap confidence and success by bringing your natural seeds — who you are inside — out to the light.
Know and Grow Your Seeds
God made you with unique gifts and skills. These gifts are good seeds that God wants you to plant, grow, and harvest.
First off, you have to know what gifts you’ve been given. Your gifts are your strengths, talents, skills, and abilities (yes, even the quirky ones). You probably have more gifts than you realize. If you aren’t sure what your gifts are, there are many tools available online. These are two I’ve found helpful:
The 16 Personalities Test helps you understand your Myers-Briggs personality assessment. After you take this short, free, online test, it also offers resources to understanding how your personality works best in real life.
This Spiritual Gifts Test shows you what gifts you have been given for use within your faith community. Perhaps you would make a good teacher or leader in your church, or maybe you’re great at organizing and would be best suited in an administrative role. This test will help you find your best fit to serve in a church.
These tests only take about 10 minutes each; go take them and come back. I’ll wait right here. Before you go, ponder this quote for a moment:
Okay. Now that you have an idea of who you are and what your spiritual gifts are, think about how you might use them. How you use them for fun, with family and friends, or even for work?
Maybe you love to bake cookies for friends, help with DIY projects, or edit a blog post for a friend. Whatever you like to do and are good at, it’s because God created you that way.
These are the seeds that can be purposefully planted and cultivated to strengthen your confidence, make you successful, and help others.
Don’t Waste Your Talents
The Parable of the Talents really hits home for me. It points out that fear is what ultimately stops us from being confident and successful. Keep in mind here, when this passage talks about talents, it’s referring to a certain amount of money, not skills and gifts. But the application can be made to the skills and gifts — and natural talents — we have in our lives.
“Before the master went on a journey, he called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.
He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
After a long time the master came home and settled accounts with his servants. He who had received the five talents came bringing five talents more. He also who had the two talents came forward bringing two talents more. His master said to them, ‘Well done, good and faithful servants. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
He who had received one talent came, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, so I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.’
For everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Matthew 25:14-29 ESV (abbreviated by me.)
The servant with one talent was afraid of his master, afraid of losing what he had been given. So he simply hid the money and didn’t do anything with it like the other servants. But his master was disappointed at his misuse of the funds.
Seeds Won’t Grow in the Dark
Fear causes us to hold back and hide the best we have to offer. Fear keeps our talents — the gifts and skills and abilities inside us — in the dark.
Don’t hide your gifts in the dark. Nothing grows in the dark! Your gifts are the most important seeds to plant and grow.
Don’t let fear keep you from planting your talents, gifts, and abilities. Even the smallest gift can impact you, someone else, and even the world in a big way.
The freedom to live confidently from the inside out lies in planting the seeds of your unique gifts and talents. Don’t just bury your unique gifts; plan them, cultivate them, grow them, and let them out to live with freedom.
Make choices every day to grow the unique gifts you’ve been given. Soon you will reap confidence and success in abundance for you and your community.